JACKSON, Wyo. — Locals have organized a fundraiser today at Snake River Brew Pub to help aid Ukrainian relief efforts. All proceeds from the event will go to local firefighter Sam Stein and his organization, Project Joint Guardian.

Sam and his crew working under the US/MX Firefighters United 501(c)(3) organization, will be heading to back to Ukraine in July to provide medical aid training, fire suppression, and deliver stabilizing equipment for the structures hit by blasts.

One of the event’s hosts Oksana Onysko, owns a preschool, KidVentures Early Learning, and was born in Ukraine and has been living in Jackson since 2015.

“I got involved because it’s important to keep Ukraine in the forefront of everyone’s thoughts. My country is under the bloodiest attacks in history, and I feel like the world is getting desensitized to the casualties and the cruelty our country is facing,” said Onysko.

“Every donation, every effort counts. Every local community that is raising money is another drop in that huge bucket that needs to be filled to support Ukraine.”

The event will host a silent auction supported by local and national sponsors. Sam and other members of Project Joint Guardian will be speaking about the work accomplished from their first aid mission along with the work still left to do.

Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.